Christmas is a wonderful time of year, with plenty of family get-togethers, fun parties, and reunions with old friends. Unfortunately, it is also the time of year when we can all put our backs at risk whilst performing activities related to Christmas.
It is not uncommon for our Ealing chiropractors at The Spine & Joint Centre to treat patients at this time of the year who have injured their backs while performing activities such as hanging decorations, moving furniture, cleaning the house, and shopping. Our chiropractors treat their injuries with a combination of chiropractic techniques to restore mobility and alleviate any pain they are experiencing.
However, the best form of treatment is always prevention. In this post, our Ealing chiropractor shares several tips for keeping your back safe over the Christmas period.
Our Ealing Chiropractor Shares Tips For Keeping Your Back Safe This Christmas
Stay safe while Christmas shopping
For most people, Christmas involves a lot of shopping. There are presents to purchase for family and friends, and a lot of food to buy for everyone to enjoy.
Unfortunately, shopping can be quite taxing on the body as you are walking for hours and often carry heavy objects. Many people end up seeking out the services of our chiropractors in Ealing simply because they carried some heavy Christmas presents for several hours during a shopping trip. Look after yourself by:
- Lifting heavy objects safely (read about proper lifting technique)
- Using a shopping trolley instead of carrying heavy objects
- Asking for help when carrying heavy items
- Avoiding standing in long queues if possible
- Being mindful of your posture as you walk and sit during shopping trips
- Staying hydrated when during long days of shopping
Many people avoid the long queues at shopping centres by buying their Christmas presents and food online.
At first glance you might think sitting on the couch and surfing the web is a much healthier option than walking around shopping centres all day. However, sitting for prolonged periods carries its own set of risks.
The main risk is that prolonged sitting can affect your posture, causing neck pain, shoulder pain, and lower back pain. Avoid the potential pitfalls of online shopping by:
- Taking regular breaks
Online shopping is a lot of fun and can be highly addictive. Once you sit down and start discovering new products you may find yourself shopping for several hours. Make an effort to stand up and move about at least once every 30 minutes.
- Sitting at an ergonomic desk
Instead of leaning over your laptop or tablet while sitting on the couch, sit at a desk or table which provides you with better ergonomics. This will help you avoid common postural issues like ‘text neck’.
- Be mindful of posture
Try to be aware of how your body is positioned and make adjustments to your posture if necessary.
- Use a chair with great lumbar support
Sitting in a high quality chair with lumbar support will support your back and should make you less likely to experience lower back pain.
Take care in the kitchen
It is surprising how often patients visit our chiropractic clinic in Ealing having strained their back while in the kitchen. They often injure themselves while leaning over to check the oven, reaching high shelves, carting heavy bags of groceries, or being hunched over while chopping up food. This can be more pronounced over the Christmas period as people spend longer in the kitchen and are handling heavier food items and equipment.
Avoid kitchen-related back injuries by:
- Getting a table which allows you to stand comfortably as you chop or sitting down while chopping
- Carrying heavier ingredients close to your chest and avoid twisting while carrying them
- Using shopping carts instead of lugging around bags full of food
- Avoiding bending at the waist by kneeling down
- Making your workspace as ergonomic as possible
Think about your back when prepping your home
The other major task that occurs before Christmas is making your home ready for the Christmas festivities be it putting up the decorations or preparing for visits from guests.
Take care when performing tasks like:
- Putting up Christmas decorations
Many of the people seeking out chiropractic care do so because of mishaps that have occurred while putting up Christmas decorations. Avoid twisting while holding objects, don’t put your body at unnatural angles, and be careful with how you use ladders.
- Getting a Christmas tree
If you purchase a large Christmas tree, get help when carrying it into the home. It’s too easy to injure your back when carrying such a large and unwieldy object.
- Wrapping presents
Avoid sitting on the floor hunched over while wrapping presents. Instead, sit at a table in a comfortable chair.
Be mindful of your posture as you clean the home. Also, take your time when cleaning so you don’t overdo it and strain your back.
- Moving furniture to accommodate guests
If you are having additional people stay in your home this Christmas, you may have to perform tasks like moving beds and making space by moving furniture. Be careful when performing these tasks, particularly if the items you are moving are heavy.
We hope that by following our chiropractor’s tips and advice you will have keep your back safe this Christmas.
If you are suffering back pain or discomfort our experienced team of chiropractors are here to help you. You can book an appointment by contacting The Spine & Joint Centre on 020 8900 9004 or emailing us at email@example.com.